The 14th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 24-26, 2012. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.

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Saturday, August 25

10:20am CDT

UAB Digital City Shorts

Check out a series of digital shorts produced by students at the UAB Documentary Filmmaking Program.

Awake: Hip-Hop Artistry in Birmingham
by Ebony Hinton and Sierra Nicely

Never Too Late to Learn
by Nate Ennis

Abandoned Canvas: Painting on Birmingham's Margins
by Naithon Henning and Majaliwa Mzombwe

We Came to Learn
by Jessica Craig and Adrian Jones

From Mountains to Metropolis: Old Time Music in Birmingham
by Rachell Berry and Stephanie Cook

Physical Truths: Making Art at UAB
by Katelyn Armstrong and Ali Massoud

Riders on the Storm
by Kevin Franks and Tyler Malugani

Unfare System: Birmingham Public Transit
by Melissa Crook and Daniel Twieg


Saturday August 25, 2012 10:20am - 11:35am CDT
Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev Abraham Woods, Jr, Blvd Birmingham, AL 35203-2203

10:30am CDT

The Nocturnal Third

Facing debt and bills, newlywed Eli Gottfried is tasked with the graveyard shift at Stafford Stoneworks, The pressure of increasingly deteriorating machines, a crushing schedule, and a recurring nightmare may be too much for Eli to handle. When a suspicious co-worker is severely injured, Eli finds his only solace in the perspective of a stranded (and equally suspicious) stranger. Moody and textural, The Nocturnal Third is a slow-burn workplace thriller that begins with a seemingly domestic situation and meticulously transforms into a tense neo-noir. This gripping story of corporate espionage takes a young man through a single harrowing night as he faces the limits of the human body, his own future, and his role in a system that is beginning to break down. 

Written, directed, and edited by Benjamin Stark, The Nocturnal Third was shot entirely in North Alabama.

Check out the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/17851998


Saturday August 25, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Hill Arts Center 1811 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

1:40pm CDT

American Man (with "Never Got A Dime")

In 2010, former University of Alabama football fullback and NFL player, Kevin Turner, was diagnosed with the fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). At around the same time, scientists began to believe that the concussions of contact sports were to blame for many brain traumas. Turner was left to wonder whether in worshipping football, and preaching its glory to his kids, he had prayed to a false god. In the decade since he retired, he lost his job, his savings, and his marriage. With a final burst of ambition, Turner invested his tarnished reputation in a charitable enterprise that he hopes will sound the alarm about concussive sports and teach a football-loving nation to protect future generations.

Directed by Jon Frankel from HBO Real Sports, American Man is an important must-see, especially for sports fans and parents of sports-loving kids.

Catch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/39458228

Screening with the short film "Never Got A Dime"
Directed by Shelby Hadden
DOC Short | USA | 14 min.

A former manager at Goodyear in Gadsden, Alabama, fights for pay equality after facing pay discrimination for nineteen years.



Saturday August 25, 2012 1:40pm - 3:10pm CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

2:40pm CDT

Dual Shorts #1

National and Local shorts

"Wilbert & Vern"

Wilbert & Vern is the story of two life-long friends from Rural Hill, N.C. Wilbert is a blind organ player and Vern is an organic farmer for more than thirty years. The film provides a slice of their lives and explores the friendship of these unique and entertaining men.

"Speakeasy Supper Club"

Speakeasy Supper-Club explores the culinary adventures of PushStart Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia. Started and led by chef Zach Meloy and his wife Cristina, PushStart Kitchen is a private supper club that is quickly becoming a food phenomenon in the Atlanta area.

"Cardboard Titanics: Smart People Being Stupid"

Successful people devote their day off building, rowing, and racing boats made solely of cardboard and duck tape in an insane effort to recapture the American dream.

"Woody the Redneck"

A short mockumentary about a redneck in the boonies.

"58th & 5th"

In New York City, a disabled American veteran may apply for a blue license to work as a street vendor. These licenses allow disabled veterans to work on most corners of Midtown Manhattan. This is the story of one of those corners.


ExamiNation is a short documentary film about the notorious South Korean college entrance exam, Sooneung. While introducing all sorts of incredible facts and stats about the exam, it also follows a day in the life of a student preparing for this exam. The film unveils how one exam can dictate a culture and lifestyle in a country.

"Wolf Call" 

It is 1956. The previous year, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago had gone missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body was found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine sits down with the two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J.W. Milam, to discuss the trial. Wolf Call, the true-story crafted from public record, transports us back to this historic time.

Saturday August 25, 2012 2:40pm - 4:35pm CDT
The Venue 1612 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

3:15pm CDT

deepsouth / screening sponsored by Brian Pettie Eyecare

In some parts of the South HIV prevalence is comparable to that in sub-Saharan Africa. deepsouth is a poetic and grounding exploration into the lives of those affected by HIV in the Southern United States. After 30 years, the global epidemic has overshadowed the fight at home. Facing a broken health system and a culture of denial, Southerners must create their own solutions to survive.

deepsouth follows Josh, a young, black gay man trying to escape his past and the heavy judgment of the Mississippi Delta; two best friends, Monica and Tammy, and their DIY community preparing for an annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana; and Birmingham activist, Kathie Hiers, who spends countless hours on the road fighting for equitable resources. Intermixed in these story lines are several mini-stories that reveal broader social and political themes across the rural South.

Check out the trailer here: http://deepsouthfilm.com/71395

Saturday August 25, 2012 3:15pm - 4:25pm CDT
Carver Theatre 1631 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

5:30pm CDT

Duke & The King

There's danger in meeting your hero... especially if your hero becomes your boss, and your boss is the King of Rock & Roll. Musician Duke Bardwell learned that the hard way. Part documentary and part concert film, Duke & The King tells the story of former TCB band member Bardwell, one of the great-unheralded talents in American music. Focusing in part on Duke's relationship with Elvis Presley, the film is a cautionary tale about hero worship and the trappings of fame. Bardwell's story also demonstrates what happens when the right words and music come together to alter destiny and, in doing so, offer a shot at redemption.

The film features appearances by Kenny Loggins, Casey Kelly, 'Big Luther' Kent, Dread Clampitt, Leon Medica, Franko 'Washboard' Jackson and more. Many of the performances that punctuate the documentary were recorded at Birmingham’s WorkPlay Theater.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te1KmLOw9i0

Saturday August 25, 2012 5:30pm - 7:00pm CDT
Hill Arts Center 1811 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

6:15pm CDT

Eating Alabama (with "A Dying Breed") / screening sponsored by Freshfully

On the heels of discovering that the majority of our food travels over a thousand miles from the farm to the dinner table, filmmaker, University of Alabama Professor of Documentary Film, and Tuscaloosa resident, Andy Grace, embarks upon a quest to eat only local foods for one full year. Along with friends, Joe and Sara, and his wife, Rashmi, Grace soon realizes that his quest to eat locally and seasonally in a state once known for farming is about more than just food, health and responsibility--it is also deeply entwined in community, lifestyle and heritage.

Eating Alabama has a life outside of the film and has an accompanying blog, headed by Grace, that pre-dates the documentary, as well as multiple offshoot projects such as the Druid City Garden Project run by Rashmi. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South, and sustainability, Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters. Sidewalk is proud to host the statewide premiere of the introspective yet enlightening documentary.

To watch the trailer, click here: http://vimeo.com/35904848


Screening with the short film "A Dying Breed"

As poultry growers face increasing pressure from all sides, two farmers discuss how much everything has changed.


Saturday August 25, 2012 6:15pm - 7:25pm CDT
Alabama Theatre 1817 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

10:30pm CDT

Alabama Kitchen Sink Shorts (AL Shorts #2)

Local "Kitchen-Sink" Shorts


Lipidleggin' is a narrative short film based on a sci-fi short story published by F. Paul Wilson, adapted for the screen with the author's permission. A 'lipidlegger' sells bootleg butter and eggs, the sale of which has been made illegal to reduce national health care costs, at his rural fly fishing shop. He is approached by an undercover public health agent looking for a quick arrest that could help lead to a promotion, but when the agent gets a long-denied taste of the 'real thing,' the sting operation takes an unexpected turn.

"The Gamble"

"The Bard"

After witnessing the drowning of his daughter, an old fisherman turns away from the sea and toward music, seeking solace from the guilt that plagues him.

"Come On And Dance"

'Come on and Dance' - a music video set to Junior Senior's 'Move Your Feet.' Made by two UAB medical students, it features sights from all over Birmingham: landmarks, parks, and art where it's least expected.

"Happy Birthday Grandpa"

An aging grandpa refuses to accept the truth.

"Scramble Winner"

"Nothing Better Than You"

A music video by artist by Denita Turner--directed by Brandon Mason.


Crush - One woman's quest to find the perfect chair.Have you ever been in love, or in and out of love? Too comfortable in a relationship, or not comfortable at all? If so, this film is for you. We play with the concept of relationships by showing a woman going through numerous chairs to find the perfect fit.

"Love, Lost and Found"

"In Magic City" 

Scenes around the city of Birmingham, 'The Magic City', set to Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenir de Florence'.

Saturday August 25, 2012 10:30pm - 11:55pm CDT
Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev Abraham Woods, Jr, Blvd Birmingham, AL 35203-2203
Sunday, August 26

12:35pm CDT

Alabama Killer Shorts (AL Shorts #4)

Alabama "Killer" Shorts


Waking to find himself in a hospital bed with no memory of his past, an unnamed man undergoes experiments on his mind hoping to restore what he's lost; meanwhile his examiners are working on a different objective.

"The Way Home"

A beautiful mysterious piece about a girl who is trying to find a way out of her mind.


Dealing vicious justice as he ensures safe passage for an infant, a 1912 preacher believes he plays a crucial role in the Apocalypse.

"Blue of the Sky"

In this modern dystopia, Trevor Appfell's world is turned on it's side due to the powerful medication, Acilacil.


Half of Earth's population has been wiped out by a deadly virus, with the rest of the world held in the brink of fear. It's not a matter of if you'll catch the virus but when. Time is running out and there's no cure to speak of. Or is there?

Sunday August 26, 2012 12:35pm - 2:20pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3:00pm CDT

Alabama Doc Shorts (AL Shorts #3)

Alabama Documentary Shorts


Alabama's HB-56, the most stringent anti-immigration law in U.S. history, is now in motion and its effects have begun to show. Undocumented shows a glimpse into the lives of two illegal immigrants and the impact this bill has had on them, their families, and their identity.

"The Collegians"

A swinging drama based on the story of trumpet legend Erskine Hawkins during his college days in the Depression. As a young trumpet sensation with a big ego he learns the hard way what it means to be a member of the Bama State college band, The Collegians.

"The Bridge"

In the state of Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley and The Department of Mental Health move toward closing down Bryce Hospital, the state's oldest and largest inpatient psychiatric facility, along with a bevy of smaller psychiatric facilities. As states nationwide begin to downsize psychiatric facilities, a movement towards community based mental health care has arisen providing support for mental health patients, while fighting the negative connotations related to mental illness. The Bridge follows the life of JBS Mental Health Authority employee, Tashee Dunsmore, who uses her experience as a former consumer of mental health services in Alabama to help current consumers transition to the community.

"Slick: Behind Deepwater Horizon"

Four residents of coastal Alabama--a mayor, a marine biologist, and two boat captains--recount their experiences with the 2010 BP Oil Spill and uncover the truth behind the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

"State of Confusion"

Bryce Johnson went into an Alabama prison 15 years ago as a child; in 2011, he emerged as a man. Through art and education, he was able to not only cope with his situation, but also chart a new course for his life. Speaking on the changes he made while incarcerated, Bryce's story is one of redemption and self-discovery made possible through expression.

"Future Perfect"

A short documentary the focuses on the Birmingham Museum of Art.

"We Are Coming Back"

A neighborhood devastated by a tornado recounts its past while considering its future.

"The Chivalrous Community" 

The Chivalrous Community follows the Barony of Iron Mountain as they travel to the forests of Gleann Abhann to participate in the Gulf Wars. This documentary reveals the epic adventures of the SCA and their conquest for medieval renown. 

Sunday August 26, 2012 3:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Red Mountain Theatre 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
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